Welcome to the City of Cochran!


The City of Cochran is a uniquely progressive rural community built upon efficient and effective service delivery with an organizational culture that strives to embrace change and diversity. The City also strives to ensure a high level of innovation and sustainable development while maintaining and enhancing a quality educational system, with the ultimate goal of providing a safe and secure environment to live, raise families, work, conduct business, and play.


News and Updates


The City of Cochran and Bleckley County have signed an Intergovernmental Agreement regarding building inspection services. According to this agreement, building inspection services in the City and in the unincorporated area of Bleckley County will be combined and performed by the Building Inspector of Bleckley County. The Building Inspector will perform the customary and regular building inspection services in the City and unincorporated areas of Bleckley County, including: permit application, review of drawings and specifications, examination of documents, issuing permits, collection of fees, inspections, and issuing of Certificates of Occupancy, Certificates of Completion, and Stop Orders relating to erecting, constructing, altering, installing, demolishing or moving any structure, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing systems which are regulated by ordinances of the City and County. All applicants for permits will be made to the Building Inspector at the Bleckley County Board of Assessors Building. To view the Intergovernmental Agreement, please click on Read More.


 At the Special City Council meeting on November 24th, the Council appointed Mr. Richard Newbern to serve as the new City Manager for the City of Cochran.  Mr. Newbern will begin work on December 15th.  To view Mr. Newbern's resume, please click on Read More.


The citizens of Cochran passed the Freeport Exemption by a 9 to 1 margin.  This same ballot issue passed in the County by a 3 to 1 margin.  At the City Council meeting on November 13th, the Council approved a 100% Freeport Exemption for manufacturers and distributors that will locate in our community.


City Council approved a $4 million bond package at the October 14 Regular Council Meeting.  These funds will be used to repay two previous bonds at a lower interest rate and allow the City to map and assess its water and sewer systems.  These bonds were sold on October 30 and the work for this project will begin in late November.  After the City completes its mapping and assessment, the City will be pursuing additional funding from USDA, and possibly other agencies, to complete the repairs to the City's water and sewer system.


City Council approved a new Customer Service Policy that was mailed to all utility customers in September. To view the new policy, please click on Read More.


The City of Cochran has been awarded a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to begin addressing the sewage system in the vicinity of the hospital.  Funds from this grant will be available in February with repairs beginning in the spring.


At the City Council Meeting on July 8, the Council approved an ordinance to adjust the water and sewer rates effective September 1 to fund projected system operating expenses, repay current indebtedness, and fund needed sewage system improvements and debt service.  To view the new rate schedule, please click on Read More.